Bettina von Lieres

Bettina von Lieres
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Associate Chair, 2022-23
Telephone number
(416) 208-2651
Building HL 426

Dr. Bettina von Lieres is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Global Development Studies at UTSC. She teaches mainly undergraduate courses in the field of critical citizenship studies and community development. She views her classrooms as sites for inclusive and democratic citizenship. She is currently the co-chair of the Teaching, Training and Mentoring Committee in the SSHRC-funded Participedia research network (   


Doctor of Philosophy. University of Essex, United Kingdom.  

Thesis title: The Politics of Marginalisation in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Teaching Interests

  • Inclusive global classrooms 
  • Activist pedagogies

Research Interests

  • Informality economic livelihoods and political action
  • Women fisherfolk and democratic representation  

Awards and Grants

  • 2022-2025 Co-Investigator. Building Back Better from Below (B4): Harnessing Innovations in Community Response and Intersectoral Collaboration for Health and Food Justice Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic. Trans-Atlantic Platform Grant and SSHRC. Canadian PI: Professor Suzanne Sicchia. $200,000.

  • 2021–2026 Co-Investigator. Participedia Phase Two: Strengthening Democracy by Mobilizing Knowledge of Democratic Innovations. Social Sciences Human Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant. PI: Bonny Ibhawoh (McMaster University). $2,500,000.


  • Landry J and von Lieres B. (2022). Strengthening democracy through knowledge mobilization: Participedia – a citizen-led global platform for transformative and democratic learning. Journal for Transformative Education.  

  • Anciano F, Piper L, von Lieres B. (2021). Defiant citizenship: Marginality, race, and the struggle for place in Hangberg, South Africa. Citizenship Studies. June 17. Doi: 10.1080/13621025.2021.1935749.  

  • Von Lieres B. (2021). Psychic and political dimensions of displacement: A dialogue with a social science perspective. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(1).  

  • Ngwenya N and von Lieres B. (2021). Silent citizens and resistant texts: Reading hidden narratives. In Anciano, F. and Wheeler, J. (eds), Political values and Narratives of Resistance:  Exploring the Fractured Promises of Post-colonial States. Routledge.